- The EU headscarf ruling, or how to undercut your own argument.
- How Great Would This Be?
- This just came in through the contact form
- A Jet-Lagged R4
- Idée Fixe
- My Rejected Submission for "Thought for the Day"
- A Sense of Proportion
- My missed career as a theologian.
- Big increase in the price of paper ahead.
- Never as planned
- Wat de mens gescheiden heeft
- Found on an old hard drive
- Any sufficiently advanced technology
- "For A Successful Life"
- Awash with rage
- Watch, anyone?
- Stand Up for What You Believe in, or Maybe Not
- Convert Now, Before You Change Your Mind
- That Time of Year
- Group Smarts
- It's the Smell, Stupid!
- The Final Copernican Revolution
- The Long March
- Dalton's Beetle
- No problem
- A forum Moderator's Guide out of the Democracy Fallacy
How Great Would This Be?
Declaration of Understanding
I hereby declare that…
…I understand and accept that <insert country here> is a pluralist secular state in which people of all creeds and none live peacefully together and in which the Constitution and the laws are made equally to benefit all citizens of <insert country here> and its allies, regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, creed, age or ability.
…by taking up residence in <insert country here> or remaining there, I understand and embrace the fact that the Constitution and Laws, in their entirety, take absolute primacy over any religion or personal world-view I may hold, as only this protects me equally from having to live under the rules of another religion.
…I understand that this country has a democratic process by which I can question or propose laws by convincing my fellow citizens and their representatives through polite discourse and debate.
…I understand and accept that the pluralist secular nature of <insert country here> means that supernatural or religious beliefs are not acceptable support for questioning or proposing laws and that acceptable arguments are to be rooted in reality, morality, logic and the ultimate benefit of all citizens of <insert country here> and its allies.
…I accept that living in a pluralist secular state entails mixing with people who behave in a manner that I never would, and I accept that I shall not take offence at this when none is intended, as I will not seek intentionally to offend those whose world-view differs from mine. I understand and accept that taking offence where none is intended is a form of aggression equivalent to intentionally seeking to offend.
 I preferred specifically to take up residency here even though I could have stayed where I was or gone elsewhere. By moving here as a new citizen I furthermore understand and accept that sensibilities different from mine may prevail and that I might need to get used to things that would not have occurred in the country I came from.
 I prefer to remain here even though I am entirely free to go elsewhere.
Wednesday 13 January 2016